WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mayor Vincent Gray is forming a panel of teachers, students and community members to help select the city's next schools chancellor.
At a news conference Feb. 8, Gray said he expects the panel to be named by the end of the week. He says it will include representatives of the Washington Teachers' Union, as mandated by law.
Gray says the panel will advise him, but the final decision is his to make.
Gray says he is following the school reform law that gave the mayor control of the schools. He says former Mayor Adrian Fenty "essentially ignored" that law.
Gray says the selection process in the past was "a fiasco" with the way Fenty selected former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.